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Fatal Crash on Robley Drive
Monday, July 22, 2013
Deputies discovered a two vehicle collision between a Dodge Pickup Truck and a Chevrolet Equinox (crossover type vehicle). Evidence at the scene indicates that the truck was heading south on Robley Drive from E. Broussard Road and the crossover vehicle was heading north on Robley Drive when for unknown reasons the driver of the crossover lost control and entered the path of the truck near the intersection of Longfellow Road. The truck impacted the passenger side of the crossover vehicle.
The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries she is described as a 53 year old female from Arkansas.
The crossover was driven by a 19 year old female; there were two passengers in that vehicle. The front seat passenger was a five year old female who was pronounced dead at the scene and one year old male who was in the rear passenger seat was taken to the hospital for serious to critical injuries the child is currently in stable condition. The driver of the crossover is in critical condition. Both children had safety harnesses on; the one year was in a child safety seat. At this time it is unclear if the drivers were utilizing safety harnesses.
Routine toxicology tests are being conducted on both drivers and accident re-constructionist were on the scene documenting the evidence Sunday evening.
Sheriff’s Investigators have identified all of the persons involved in this crash they are.
Alajah Davis 5 years old Deceased Passenger in crossover
Jerica Cawthorne 19 years old Critical Driver of crossover
Jayden Cawthorne 1 year old Stable Passenger in crossover
Julie Ward 53 years old Released Driver of truck
Charges are pending in this investigation.